Victor Rene' Sadot
Berkeley, CA - Victor Rene Sadot died at the age of 71 on October 6, 2018 at his home in Berkeley, CA. Born in Ridley Park, PA on July 21, 1947, Vic grew up in Newark, Delaware where he attended Newark High School. He went on to graduate from the University of Delaware with a degree in Political Science. After college Vic moved to Washington, DC where he worked as a counselor and social worker for DC Public Schools. He moved back to the Newark area in the mid-70's where he worked for Chrysler and then for many years at the Newark Co-op (now Newark Natural Foods). However, Vic's true passion was his music and song writing and his commitment to numerous political, human rights and social justice causes.
He began playing guitar and writing songs while in his early twenties and would go on to write and record dozens of songs and play countless gigs in the Wilmington-Philadelphia area and beyond. In addition to performing solo, Vic fronted the Crazy Planet Band and, with his brother Rob on electric guitar, performed original Rock, Folk, Blues and Cajun throughout the 1980's and early 90's. Later in the 90's Vic and guitarist Dave Sumner formed the Cajun-Zydeco band "Planete Folle". The band went through various line-up changes but played for over 12 years at Mardi Gras events, festivals and other venues. Many of the area's finest musicians played with the band at one time or another.
Vic was always willing to perform for free at benefits, rallies and fundraisers. He performed with various versions of the Crazy Planet Band at the annual autumn festival "Newark Community Day" for 25 straight years. Vic also had a talent for setting poems to music as he did with many of his father's poems including local favorite "White Clay Creek".
In 2008 Vic moved to the west coast and eventually settled in Berkeley, California. He continued to write and record songs and released several CD's with friend Eric Golub on violin and ukulele. He remained an outspoken activist and became involved with various bay area political and social justice organizations.
Vic is predeceased by his father Jean (John), brother Joe and mother Eleanor. He is survived by sister Jeanne of Delaware City; brother Rob of Old New Castle, sister Marie of Newark, nephew Joe, nieces Lelah and Alexandria, and French cousins Jean-Pierre, Jean-Marie, Marie-France, Josette and Gilbert.
The family will be holding a celebration of Vic's life on Sunday January 13, 2019 from 2 to 6 PM at Ashland Nature Center, 3511 Barley Mill Rd. Hockessin, DE 19707. There will also be a west coast celebration for Vic at the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists hall on Sunday February 17, 2019. Further details will be posted on-line.
Published in The News Journal on Jan. 5, 2019.